I started drawing as a small child at the side of my artist grandmother. We'd take the train from her Brooklyn house to Coney Island Beach where we'd sketch the sleeping sunbathers. After a few years' architecture study (Cornell) and art study in London, I graduated (BFA) from CCA, Oakland, CA.
In London, a friend showed me Arthur Rackham's books and an early 'Alice' illustrated by Tenniel. Working at the time as an architectural draftsperson, I filled the margins of my blueprints with fairy tale sketches.

My first published works were for publishers in the SF Bay Area and from 1987-97 I lived in Hamburg, Germany, where I illustrated my first picture book, 'Mrs. Peachtree and the 8th Avenue Cat' written by Erica Silverman. I had just started 'The Blue Hill Meadows' by Cynthia Rylant when my son was born in 1994, and soon after I was back at the drawing board with 'Mrs. Peachtree's Bicycle,' followed by 'The 18 Penny Goose,' 'The Promise Quilt' by Candice Ransom, and an adaptation of 'Anne of Green Gables,' among others. From 2002-5, the Pets to the Rescue nonfiction series by Andrew Clements was released. My 2011 book, 'The Christmas Coat' by Native American author Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, tells a true story from the author's childhood, set in 1945 on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, and has won several major awards.
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